NICU cameras coming to Intermountain Health hospitals
Parents of babies in the newborn intensive care unit at certain Intermountain Health facilities will soon be able to watch their every move, even if they aren’t there with them.
Last month, the health care provider launched the AngelEye camera system at St. George Regional Hospital. By the end of the year, the cameras will be ready for use at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah Valley Hospital in Provo and Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. This will allow parents and families to see their babies when they’re not able to be there in person.
The camera systems have already been in place since 2020 for NICU patients at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. It was such a success, Intermountain decided to expand it to more hospitals, the company said.
“Having a child in the NICU is hard enough for parents, so being able to look at your phone and see your baby can be comforting,” said Dr. Jonathan McCully, medical director for NICU at Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital. “It gives families reassurance when they’re away from the hospital and can’t always be there.”
The camera sits above the baby in their bed, and caregivers can move the camera depending on what the baby is doing. Families can access the livestreamed video on any tablet or phone. Parents also decide who else can have access.
“This is another way we’re using the power of technology and innovation to improve the quality of care and experiences for families receiving care at our hospitals,” McCully said.
The new cameras were made possible through funding from the hospital and donations from the public.